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Thornton Pickard shutter - new curtains.

Posted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 6:49 am
by alexvaras
Hi all,

At my friends I found two wooden shutters, one is this Thornton Pickard shutter which had the curtains in pretty bad shape but every else was working fine.
It has been a very long project, since I opened and check all pieces it passed several months, first I ordered curtains from Japan but then I found soviet curtains (thicker) than the Japanese ones. Being this my first project wit such shutter and materials I decided to go for the soviet ones, I checked dimensions from the original and I transferred to the new... All went fine except the part I broke the original string while trying the final tests, now it has one cheap I found but I'm looking for a nicer...

Drawing the new curtains.

The cut.

Left roller.

Right roller second part.

Almost done.

Thornton Pickard shutter.

Speeds are far to be fine, lowest is correct 1/15sec but fastest I only get 1/30sec, maybe the curtains are heavy?
Pretty happy and it's quiet easy once you get the movements, now the Cooke-Voigtlander Anastigmat is waiting :)

Thank you for looking,

Re: Thornton Pickard shutter - new curtains.

Posted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:43 pm
by PFMcFarland
Nice restoration, Alex. Using the thicker Russian curtain material may be the culprit on your speeds.


Re: Thornton Pickard shutter - new curtains.

Posted: Fri Sep 27, 2019 3:40 pm
by melek
Wow - Excellent job. I'm truly impressed.

I have a very old Zeiss Ikon Miroflex with shutter curtains that are almost transparent. I've looked at disassembly, and it seems very difficult.

Re: Thornton Pickard shutter - new curtains.

Posted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:53 am
by alexvaras
Thank you, Phil and Mike.

Mike, Ruslan has a Miroflex, I don't know how to make it work and I'm pretty sure he would allow me to take a look, it's a good chance for a pictorial for you :)